The new skating rink will be operational from 15 December on the roof of Moscow City’s 85-floor OKO tower at a height of 354 metres. In the summer, it will be used as a terrace.
“OKO tower is the tallest residential building in Europe with its 85 floors. The skating rink on top will be Europe’s highest open-air ice rink,” the Moscow City press service reported.
The skating rink will meet the latest security standards. The terrace that holds the rink has been surrounded by dual-pane glass panels. The glass panels, in this case, have about half a metre in between them. “The only residential tower in Moscow City, it has to meet unique security standards,” the press service pointed out.
The skating rink covers almost the entire roof surface, which is 420 square metres, with natural ice. A heated changing room, skate rental and a bar will be available.
The rink will be open daily from noon to midnight Monday through Thursday; from noon to 2 am on Fridays; from 10 am to 2 am on Saturdays; and from 10 am to midnight on Sundays. A figure skating coach will be at the service of visitors every day.
The ice rink at the National Exhibition of Economic Achievements (VDNKh) is acknowledged as Europe’s biggest. The rink’s total area including related infrastructure is about 70,000 square metres. The rink can accommodate nearly 5,000 people at a time.